Subscribe now to and start applying to auditions!
LA Theater Review
Director Mitchell Nunn's staging is refreshingly breezy. His cast hasn't quite mastered its cues but presumably will in short order. Leighton's Henry is a sniveling fuddy-duddy struggling to reconcile his lifelong belief in doing the right thing with his attempts to save his own skin. Harriet Whitmyer displays superb comic timing as Henry's wife, Polly, who cheerfully masterminds the plot to stage Edith's death as a suicide. Nunn, Leighton, and Whitmyer play up Yaffe's humanizing treatment of the suspense genre by focusing on the couple's mutual devotion. Missing is an edgier clash between Henry and Edith: At the top of the play, Leighton could be more supercilious and Cicchetti's Edith more arrogant and loathsome.
Schwendinger's Melvin is aptly cocky as well as volatile and comically schizophrenic. Cheezum's cop is a clean-cut straight arrow who's jaded yet still has room to appreciate the shades of gray that come with the job.
Presented by and at the Long Beach Playhouse, Mainstage Theatre, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach. June 19–July 25. Fri.–Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. (562) 494-1014 or www.lbph.com
What did you think of this story?
Leave a Facebook Comment: